Area: 198,500 sq km
Central Asian state in Tien Shan mountain range bordering on China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most land area is mountainous.
Population: 5,550,239 Annual Growth: 1.23%
Official language: Krgyz; Russian Languages: 32 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The government needs courage, resources and even miracles to right the economy and society in general. The regimes subsequent to Communism have thus far only brought about greater corruption, crime and poverty; frequent demonstrations point to widespread disillusionment, and the 2010 protests and coup were a most poignant illustration of this. The swiftness and intensity with which such fierce violence broke out points to deeper-lying ethnic, political and communal tensions in the country. Hope and optimism for the future are scant, even though some positive foundations have been laid. Pray for a just and righteous government that will oversee the genuine transformation of the Kyrgyz nation.
Christian support ministries are varied. There are many possibilities in literature and electronic media, but the greatest potential for positive impact might be medical, community development and business ministries. Pray specifically for:
a) Bible translation, publishing and distribution. The NT was first published in 1992, the same time as a Kyrgyz version of the Quran. In 2000, Beam of Hope published a translation of both the Old and New Testaments. This is widely used by Kyrgyz Christians. IBT, UBS and Linguaserve, together, produced an improved and more readable NT in 2006. Work has started on a revision of the Old Testament.
b) Christian literature is a great challenge. There are three main Christian publishers as well as a key bookstore in Bishkek. Little Christian literature is available in Kyrgyz, and evangelistic, apologetic and teaching materials are needed. Pray for economic self-sufficiency, for Christian publishers, for increased numbers of indigenous authors and for a greater variety of titles for this ministry.
c) The JESUS film is widely viewed on TV and in film showings in Russian and in Kyrgyz. It is also available in many other minority languages. Gods Story is also available in Kyrgyz.
d) Christian radio. TWR airs programmes in Kyrgyz, in other Central Asian languages and in Russian, which most people understand.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Kyrgyzstan.